Speaking of the MIT Press, sometime in mid-April the press’s OA books began including a full-book, single-button download.1 Finally!

A screenshot of an MIT Press online book, with a full-book pdf button

As I and others have complained, the chapter-by-chapter download mode used by JSTOR, Project MUSE, and a number of OA publishers (MIT too, until recently) is a download-and-concatenate nightmare. It’s also baffling: Beyond edited collections, who wants just a single chapter? I always wondered if the chapter approach was publisher-driven sand-in-the-download-gears, to make OA access inconvenient enough to drive sales. Who knows. Either way, a big win for the MIT Press.

  1. The last book I could find without the Book PDF button was published April 18, 2023.